Post-Roe, her Facebook group Went Viral

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. On Friday, Veronica Risinger began what she thought would be a tiny Facebook group for her neighbors in Kansas City, Mo., to share resources for people seeking abortions. But Risinger’s phone notifications never stopped. Her little group has morphed into a 30,000-member nationwide nexus for rage, heartfelt personal … Read more

On NBC’s ‘Dancing With Myself,’ TikTok-Like Dances Meet Network TV

Even by the razzle-dazzle standards of TV talent competitions, “Dancing With Myself” sets an impressive scene. Room-size cubes of two stacked rows, trimmed in shimmering lights, fill the stage – “Hollywood Squares” meets “Saturday Night Fever.” At the judging table sit the pop stars Shakira and Nick Jonas and internet celebrity Liza Koshy; Behind them, … Read more

Deleting Your Period Tracker Won’t Protect You

In May 1972, the Chicago Police raided a high-rise apartment where a group called the Jane Collective was providing abortions. It was the year before the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade’s decision gave women the constitutional right to decide whether to give birth, and abortion was a criminal offense in Illinois. Seven women were arrested, … Read more

Deleting Your Period Tracker Won’t Protect You

In May 1972, the Chicago police raided a high-rise apartment where a group called the Jane Collective was providing abortions. It was the year before the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision gave women the constitutional right to decide whether to give birth, and abortion was a criminal offense in Illinois. Seven women were arrested, … Read more

Our Data Is a Curse, With or Without Roe

Nearly limitless harvesting of our personal information was always leading up to this moment. In the days since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion, there have been gobs of published material and warnings from privacy advocates about how digital bread crumbs might expose women seeking abortions to potential … Read more

Use That Everyday AI in Your Pocket

Virtual assistants usually hog the spotlight when it comes to artificial intelligence software on smartphones and tablets. But Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, Samsung’s Bixby and company are the only tools using machine learning to make life easier – other common programs use the technology, too. Here’s a quick tour through some common AI-driven apps and … Read more

The Work of Online Volunteers

The volunteers who run our favorite groups on Facebook, Reddit, Nextdoor or Discord can make all the difference between being a part of a treasured community online or gathering that descends into name-calling chaos. New research that tried to put a dollar figure on this work made me want to explore two questions: Why should … Read more

The Accidental Media Critics of YouTube

Gary Vaynerchuk has been an internet celebrity for so long that it’s hard to know which era’s terminology to use to describe him. He was among YouTube’s earliest stars, crafting videos for his father’s wine business and then about media and technology companies; Later he started his own media company. He has been a self-help … Read more